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At any given time, there are 900 children in the Pikes Peak Region that need CASA’s support to navigate the child welfare system.

Making a difference for 900 children seems impossible for one person, but what if you could help one child? One child whose life is forever changed. One child who, because of you, can look ahead to a bright future. You can certainly make a difference for one. And then someone else commits to helping one child. And another. Pretty soon all of the 900 children are all being helped, and it started with just one child.

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What is Start With One?

Start With One is a fundraising program which empowers every person to make a difference.  It may seem scary to ask for money, but did you know that the number one reason people DON'T give is that they've never been asked? It costs $2,000 to provide a single child with a CASA advocate for one year.  It’s not a huge sum to raise, but the difference you’ll make for a child IS huge.

How can I get involved?

By joining the Start With One community, you commit to raising $2,000 to provide an advocate for an abused or neglected child in the Pikes Peak Region. How you raise the money is completely up to you, and the best part if you don't have to do it alone. By gathering friends, family, coworkers, faith communities, or others  in your life that have a heart for kids, $2,000 becomes an achievable goal.

Think about it. If 10 of your friends committed to $20 a month for a year, you would exceed your goal. You could raise money with a yard sale, sports tournament, or backyard BBQ with an entry fee. Why not donate a percentage of sales from your small business or collect donations in lieu of gifts. The possibilities are endless.

How do I start my campaign?

We are here for you with videos and messaging ready to go. We’ll coach you, provide feedback, and offer support. To get started with your own Start With One campaign, contact Jill Cheetham at 719-447-9898 x1026 or email her at

You can make a difference for one. Join Start With One Today!


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One day, a man was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a young person reaching down to the sand, picking up something and very gently throwing it back into the sea. As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”

The young person paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the sea.”

“Why are you throwing starfish into the sea?” he asked.

“The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But, don’t you realize that there are miles of beach here and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young person listened politely. Then knelt down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said…

“It made a difference to this one.”

-This story is from Loren Eiseley’s book, The Star Thrower.